Thursday, January 16, 2014

Random Cool Stuff #3: Kriegspiel Table

I've been learning a lot about the practice of kriegspiel or wargaming by the Prussian military in the 1800s in the fascinating book Playing at the World by Jon Peterson. Here are some cool shots of an old German wargaming table. I love how it's self-contained, with the playing surface and drawers for all the parts. Note that they used blocks to represent the actual sizes of forces to scale on a tactical map. When units lost men, they were replaced with smaller blocks. One can argue that the fact that Napoleon was a badass who humiliated the proud Prussian military led directly to the development of wargaming, and indirectly to roleplaying games. Thanks, Napoleon!

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